Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Robert Reich: Read Trumps Tweets As Projections Of Which He Himself Is Guilty Of

Photo: JOSH HANER, NYT
In Trumpian fashion, the president criticized the news media’s reporting on his suspected ties with Russian intelligence, tweeting them as “conspiracy theories and blind hatred.”

And, the president blamed the National Security Agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation of leaking information to the media. "Information is being illegally given to the failing @nytimes & @washingtonpost by the intelligence community (NSA and FBI?). Just like Russia," Trump tweeted.

It’s “Donald Trump’s novel management philosophy: government by Twitter. Put aside the by-now-familiar weirdness of our president-elect’s gloating over Arnold Schwarzenegger’s poor “Celebrity Apprentice” ratings or swipes at Meryl Streep. Trump’s Twitter addiction poses heretofore-unnoticed challenges for his administration.”

Here is Robert Reich
’s take on the leaks to the media:

Trump doesn’t miss a beat to blame the messenger for the tightening noose around his neck. “This Russian connection nonsense,” he tweeted this morning, “is merely an attempt to cover up the many mistakes made in Hillary Clinton’s losing campaign. Information is being illegally given to the failing @nytimes & @washingtonpost by the intelligence community (NSA and FBI?). Just like Russia.”

The best way to read Trump’s tweets, I’ve discovered, is to read them as projections of what he himself is guilty of. So when he talks about “Russian connection” and “cover up” he’s really talking about himself covering up his Russian connection. The “losing campaign” is his own 2016 loss but for the Russian connection. And “just like Russia” refers to what he’s trying to turn American into.

Richard Nixon was lying paranoid who’s botched Watergate burglary turned into a two-year “what did he know and when did he know it” drama ending in impeachment. Trump is a lying sociopath who probably collaborated with Russia to steal a presidential election. What did Trump know and when did he know it? I think we’ll know sooner than two years.




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